April 2012

The children have really been enjoying their developing friendships and stretching their imaginations.   We’ve been playing with rhyming words, watching for signs of spring and exploring our five senses.  The children really enjoy sharing their ideas at circle time and practicing writing and drawing.   They have all grown so much since the beginning of the school year!

April is a short month, but we have a lot going on!  We will be having special person’s night on Wednesday & Thursday, April 4th & 5th from 6:30-7:30pm.  These evenings allow each student to bring in one special person who doesn’t otherwise have the chance to visit TCNS.   Children can bring a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other special adult friend.  We’ll have a special project, circle time and snack.  Children really enjoy showing their special people around. 

Next year’s registration forms were in cubbies the last week.  Please return your registration forms before the April break.   Let me know if you have any questions about registration.   Scholastic book orders are also due April 6th.

Spring break is April 9-13!  There will be no school that week.  Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and we can all get outside and enjoy the spring!  There will also be no class on Friday, April 20th because our teachers will be attending an early childhood conference and workshops in Buffalo.  We hope to bring back a ton of new ideas to our classrooms. 

Our next parent meeting will be Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-7:30.  We’ll go over the results of the parent survey and share information from the conference we’re attending on April 2oth.  We’ll be taking a fieldtrip to the dentist on April 24th with the TTh class.  It’s a nice walk and we still get to spend most of the day at school. 

April Activities:  this month we’ll be talking a lot about eggs and baby animals.  We’ll start the month by reading Ed’s Egg, by David Bedford.  This is a sweet story about a baby chicken who’s afraid of leaving his egg.  We’ll talk about eggs, which animals lay eggs, and do eggshell experiments.  We’ll do a paper mosaic egg collage and eggshell art.  After spring break we’ll read Ruby in Her Own Time by Jonathon Emmett.  This is a wonderful book about being little and growing up.  We’ll make a paper bag duck and handprint ducks, plus make our own duck nests with eggs.  Our final book of April will be Green eyes by Ann Birnbaum.  We will do a spring tree collage, paper plate cat, snip paper and work with pastels.

Terrific Two’s:  April will bring many exciting changes outside and inside. Spring is happily here and we are exploring all the changes around us and within our children. We start the month with Minerva Louise & the Colorful Eggs by: Janet Morgan Stoeke. We will be dyeing eggs and making many spring decorations for our classroom. We will have fun learning about what animals live on the farm with Old Mac Donald. Expect to see and hear many farm animals coming home. We will end the month with The Cow Who Clucked by: Denise Fleming where the cow on the farm has lost his moo.

 

Five little duckies went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Mama duck said, “Quack, quack, quack!” 

But only four little duckies came back.

Four little duckies went swimming one day….

Three little duckies….

Two little duckies…

One little ducky went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Daddy duck said, “QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!” 

And all five little duckies came swimming right back.

April 2, 2012 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

April 2012

The children have really been enjoying their developing friendships and stretching their imaginations.   We’ve been playing with rhyming words, watching for signs of spring and exploring our five senses.  The children really enjoy sharing their ideas at circle time and practicing writing and drawing.   They have all grown so much since the beginning of the school year!

April is a short month, but we have a lot going on!  We will be having special person’s night on Wednesday & Thursday, April 4th & 5th from 6:30-7:30pm.  These evenings allow each student to bring in one special person who doesn’t otherwise have the chance to visit TCNS.   Children can bring a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other special adult friend.  We’ll have a special project, circle time and snack.  Children really enjoy showing their special people around. 

Next year’s registration forms were in cubbies the last week.  Please return your registration forms before the April break.   Let me know if you have any questions about registration.   Scholastic book orders are also due April 6th.

Spring break is April 9-13!  There will be no school that week.  Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and we can all get outside and enjoy the spring!  There will also be no class on Friday, April 20th because our teachers will be attending an early childhood conference and workshops in Buffalo.  We hope to bring back a ton of new ideas to our classrooms. 

Our next parent meeting will be Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-7:30.  We’ll go over the results of the parent survey and share information from the conference we’re attending on April 2oth.  We’ll be taking a fieldtrip to the dentist on April 24th with the TTh class.  It’s a nice walk and we still get to spend most of the day at school. 

April Activities:  this month we’ll be talking a lot about eggs and baby animals.  We’ll start the month by reading Ed’s Egg, by David Bedford.  This is a sweet story about a baby chicken who’s afraid of leaving his egg.  We’ll talk about eggs, which animals lay eggs, and do eggshell experiments.  We’ll do a paper mosaic egg collage and eggshell art.  After spring break we’ll read Ruby in Her Own Time by Jonathon Emmett.  This is a wonderful book about being little and growing up.  We’ll make a paper bag duck and handprint ducks, plus make our own duck nests with eggs.  Our final book of April will be Green eyes by Ann Birnbaum.  We will do a spring tree collage, paper plate cat, snip paper and work with pastels.

Terrific Two’s:  April will bring many exciting changes outside and inside. Spring is happily here and we are exploring all the changes around us and within our children. We start the month with Minerva Louise & the Colorful Eggs by: Janet Morgan Stoeke. We will be dyeing eggs and making many spring decorations for our classroom. We will have fun learning about what animals live on the farm with Old Mac Donald. Expect to see and hear many farm animals coming home. We will end the month with The Cow Who Clucked by: Denise Fleming where the cow on the farm has lost his moo.

 

Five little duckies went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Mama duck said, “Quack, quack, quack!” 

But only four little duckies came back.

Four little duckies went swimming one day….

Three little duckies….

Two little duckies…

One little ducky went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Daddy duck said, “QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!” 

And all five little duckies came swimming right back.

April 2, 2012 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

April 2012

The children have really been enjoying their developing friendships and stretching their imaginations.   We’ve been playing with rhyming words, watching for signs of spring and exploring our five senses.  The children really enjoy sharing their ideas at circle time and practicing writing and drawing.   They have all grown so much since the beginning of the school year!

April is a short month, but we have a lot going on!  We will be having special person’s night on Wednesday & Thursday, April 4th & 5th from 6:30-7:30pm.  These evenings allow each student to bring in one special person who doesn’t otherwise have the chance to visit TCNS.   Children can bring a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other special adult friend.  We’ll have a special project, circle time and snack.  Children really enjoy showing their special people around. 

Next year’s registration forms were in cubbies the last week.  Please return your registration forms before the April break.   Let me know if you have any questions about registration.   Scholastic book orders are also due April 6th.

Spring break is April 9-13!  There will be no school that week.  Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and we can all get outside and enjoy the spring!  There will also be no class on Friday, April 20th because our teachers will be attending an early childhood conference and workshops in Buffalo.  We hope to bring back a ton of new ideas to our classrooms. 

Our next parent meeting will be Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-7:30.  We’ll go over the results of the parent survey and share information from the conference we’re attending on April 2oth.  We’ll be taking a fieldtrip to the dentist on April 24th with the TTh class.  It’s a nice walk and we still get to spend most of the day at school. 

April Activities:  this month we’ll be talking a lot about eggs and baby animals.  We’ll start the month by reading Ed’s Egg, by David Bedford.  This is a sweet story about a baby chicken who’s afraid of leaving his egg.  We’ll talk about eggs, which animals lay eggs, and do eggshell experiments.  We’ll do a paper mosaic egg collage and eggshell art.  After spring break we’ll read Ruby in Her Own Time by Jonathon Emmett.  This is a wonderful book about being little and growing up.  We’ll make a paper bag duck and handprint ducks, plus make our own duck nests with eggs.  Our final book of April will be Green eyes by Ann Birnbaum.  We will do a spring tree collage, paper plate cat, snip paper and work with pastels.

Terrific Two’s:  April will bring many exciting changes outside and inside. Spring is happily here and we are exploring all the changes around us and within our children. We start the month with Minerva Louise & the Colorful Eggs by: Janet Morgan Stoeke. We will be dyeing eggs and making many spring decorations for our classroom. We will have fun learning about what animals live on the farm with Old Mac Donald. Expect to see and hear many farm animals coming home. We will end the month with The Cow Who Clucked by: Denise Fleming where the cow on the farm has lost his moo.

 

Five little duckies went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Mama duck said, “Quack, quack, quack!” 

But only four little duckies came back.

Four little duckies went swimming one day….

Three little duckies….

Two little duckies…

One little ducky went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Daddy duck said, “QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!” 

And all five little duckies came swimming right back.

April 2, 2012 at 1:23 am Leave a comment

April 2012

The children have really been enjoying their developing friendships and stretching their imaginations.   We’ve been playing with rhyming words, watching for signs of spring and exploring our five senses.  The children really enjoy sharing their ideas at circle time and practicing writing and drawing.   They have all grown so much since the beginning of the school year!

April is a short month, but we have a lot going on!  We will be having special person’s night on Wednesday & Thursday, April 4th & 5th from 6:30-7:30pm.  These evenings allow each student to bring in one special person who doesn’t otherwise have the chance to visit TCNS.   Children can bring a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other special adult friend.  We’ll have a special project, circle time and snack.  Children really enjoy showing their special people around. 

Next year’s registration forms were in cubbies the last week.  Please return your registration forms before the April break.   Let me know if you have any questions about registration.   Scholastic book orders are also due April 6th.

Spring break is April 9-13!  There will be no school that week.  Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and we can all get outside and enjoy the spring!  There will also be no class on Friday, April 20th because our teachers will be attending an early childhood conference and workshops in Buffalo.  We hope to bring back a ton of new ideas to our classrooms. 

Our next parent meeting will be Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-7:30.  We’ll go over the results of the parent survey and share information from the conference we’re attending on April 2oth.  We’ll be taking a fieldtrip to the dentist on April 24th with the TTh class.  It’s a nice walk and we still get to spend most of the day at school. 

April Activities:  this month we’ll be talking a lot about eggs and baby animals.  We’ll start the month by reading Ed’s Egg, by David Bedford.  This is a sweet story about a baby chicken who’s afraid of leaving his egg.  We’ll talk about eggs, which animals lay eggs, and do eggshell experiments.  We’ll do a paper mosaic egg collage and eggshell art.  After spring break we’ll read Ruby in Her Own Time by Jonathon Emmett.  This is a wonderful book about being little and growing up.  We’ll make a paper bag duck and handprint ducks, plus make our own duck nests with eggs.  Our final book of April will be Green eyes by Ann Birnbaum.  We will do a spring tree collage, paper plate cat, snip paper and work with pastels.

Terrific Two’s:  April will bring many exciting changes outside and inside. Spring is happily here and we are exploring all the changes around us and within our children. We start the month with Minerva Louise & the Colorful Eggs by: Janet Morgan Stoeke. We will be dyeing eggs and making many spring decorations for our classroom. We will have fun learning about what animals live on the farm with Old Mac Donald. Expect to see and hear many farm animals coming home. We will end the month with The Cow Who Clucked by: Denise Fleming where the cow on the farm has lost his moo.

 

Five little duckies went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Mama duck said, “Quack, quack, quack!” 

But only four little duckies came back.

Four little duckies went swimming one day….

Three little duckies….

Two little duckies…

One little ducky went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Daddy duck said, “QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!” 

And all five little duckies came swimming right back.

April 2, 2012 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

April 2012

The children have really been enjoying their developing friendships and stretching their imaginations.   We’ve been playing with rhyming words, watching for signs of spring and exploring our five senses.  The children really enjoy sharing their ideas at circle time and practicing writing and drawing.   They have all grown so much since the beginning of the school year!

April is a short month, but we have a lot going on!  We will be having special person’s night on Wednesday & Thursday, April 4th & 5th from 6:30-7:30pm.  These evenings allow each student to bring in one special person who doesn’t otherwise have the chance to visit TCNS.   Children can bring a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other special adult friend.  We’ll have a special project, circle time and snack.  Children really enjoy showing their special people around. 

Next year’s registration forms were in cubbies the last week.  Please return your registration forms before the April break.   Let me know if you have any questions about registration.   Scholastic book orders are also due April 6th.

Spring break is April 9-13!  There will be no school that week.  Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and we can all get outside and enjoy the spring!  There will also be no class on Friday, April 20th because our teachers will be attending an early childhood conference and workshops in Buffalo.  We hope to bring back a ton of new ideas to our classrooms. 

Our next parent meeting will be Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-7:30.  We’ll go over the results of the parent survey and share information from the conference we’re attending on April 2oth.  We’ll be taking a fieldtrip to the dentist on April 24th with the TTh class.  It’s a nice walk and we still get to spend most of the day at school. 

April Activities:  this month we’ll be talking a lot about eggs and baby animals.  We’ll start the month by reading Ed’s Egg, by David Bedford.  This is a sweet story about a baby chicken who’s afraid of leaving his egg.  We’ll talk about eggs, which animals lay eggs, and do eggshell experiments.  We’ll do a paper mosaic egg collage and eggshell art.  After spring break we’ll read Ruby in Her Own Time by Jonathon Emmett.  This is a wonderful book about being little and growing up.  We’ll make a paper bag duck and handprint ducks, plus make our own duck nests with eggs.  Our final book of April will be Green eyes by Ann Birnbaum.  We will do a spring tree collage, paper plate cat, snip paper and work with pastels.

Terrific Two’s:  April will bring many exciting changes outside and inside. Spring is happily here and we are exploring all the changes around us and within our children. We start the month with Minerva Louise & the Colorful Eggs by: Janet Morgan Stoeke. We will be dyeing eggs and making many spring decorations for our classroom. We will have fun learning about what animals live on the farm with Old Mac Donald. Expect to see and hear many farm animals coming home. We will end the month with The Cow Who Clucked by: Denise Fleming where the cow on the farm has lost his moo.

 

Five little duckies went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Mama duck said, “Quack, quack, quack!” 

But only four little duckies came back.

Four little duckies went swimming one day….

Three little duckies….

Two little duckies…

One little ducky went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Daddy duck said, “QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!” 

And all five little duckies came swimming right back.

April 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

October 2009

October 2009

We’ve had a wonderfully smooth start to the school year! We have a fantastic group of children and families. Everyone is busy exploring our rooms, learning the routine, and making friends. I don’t know how we get so lucky every year, but somehow we always get the best kids!

The new schedule is working out great! Everyone seems to be enjoying the less hectic day, and Joan, Jackie and I really love having more time working with the children in small groups. We’ll continue to fine-tune the timing of circle and snack, but it’s been going really well so far and children are enjoying multiple opportunities for projects.

It’s fall – please make sure your child is prepared for any kind of weather! We go outside every day, so it’s a good idea to bring a jacket and boots. We’ll be making the most of our outdoor time before snowsuit weather sets in, so we hope to be outside for at least a half an hour.

We’re working hard to keep the germs down at TCNS this year. We’re doing extra disinfecting of the toys each week and are already talking about proper coughing and sneezing etiquette and hand washing. Please help out by keeping your child home when he or she is sick. Children are often tired when recovering from an illness and an extra day to rest can be very beneficial.

Fundraising:

Bulb orders are due Friday, October 2! This is an easy fundraiser for us and everyone loves having flowers in spring!

We still have a couple of months before the holidays, but I’ll be putting up a preliminary list for the Fun with Santa silent auction. Last year parents reported that many businesses had trouble giving donations late in the year, so start early! We need every family to help get 2 donations!

We’re also planning to do the shopping day again in early November.  At this fundraiser, we invite vendors to ‘rent’ a table in the chapel and we provide childcare downstairs while people can get an early start on holiday shopping. Last year we made almost $300 for our scholarship fund. If you know anyone who might be interested in participating, please let me know.

Remember, there will be no school for planning on Friday October 9th and Monday October 12th for Labor Day. Thanks for the wonderful turn-out at the September parent meeting. It’s nice to hear input from everyone and share ideas. The next parent meeting will be October 19th from 6:30-7:30.

October is a long month and there are a number of days when we’ll have a single parent helper in the TTh class. Please consider helping out a little extra by coming back early (11:30) to help with clean-up. I will put up reminders on those days for people willing to help out. It’s a great opportunity to talk get to know another parent. Thanks!

This month we will be introducing the children to different classroom helper responsibilities. They will be asked to help us update the calendar, describe the weather, pick songs for circle time, among others. We will rotate the different responsibilities among students so everyone will get a chance to do each job.

October Activities:

We have a busy month ahead of us. We’re going to start talking about colors and are inviting each child to bring something in for our basket which can be shared at circle time. We’ll start off the month by reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. This is a beautiful book using fall leaves to highlight Ehlert’s unique artwork. We’ll make our own leaf creatures and work on a collage of a fall tree and a class poem about fall. We hope to hike to the falls on Wednesday, October 7th. TTh students are welcome to join us with their parents, as well as any other siblings and parents. Our next book will be Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall. We’ll have a lot of fun with apples. We’ll do taste-testing and vote on our favorite apple food. We’ll also make our own applesauce, do apple prints, and cut and glue and apple. We’ll move to pumpkins the next week and read another Zoe Hall, It’s Pumpkin Time. We’ll bake pumpkin muffins and do seed mosaics, and a pumpkin collage. Our last book of October will be What a Scare Jesse Bear by Nancy Carlstrom. This week we’ll make our own mask and paper jack-o-lantern. We’ll also do our Halloween parade to Juniper Manor on Friday, October 30th. Please wear your costume to school that day.

 

Playdough:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 Tbs oil

1 cup water

Food coloring


Add food coloring to water. Mix dry ingredients together. Add water & oil and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat when slightly sticky and knead until smooth.

September 28, 2009 at 11:25 pm Leave a comment

October 2009

October 2009

We’ve had a wonderfully smooth start to the school year! We have a fantastic group of children and families. Everyone is busy exploring our rooms, learning the routine, and making friends. I don’t know how we get so lucky every year, but somehow we always get the best kids!

The new schedule is working out great! Everyone seems to be enjoying the less hectic day, and Joan, Jackie and I really love having more time working with the children in small groups. We’ll continue to fine-tune the timing of circle and snack, but it’s been going really well so far and children are enjoying multiple opportunities for projects.

It’s fall – please make sure your child is prepared for any kind of weather! We go outside every day, so it’s a good idea to bring a jacket and boots. We’ll be making the most of our outdoor time before snowsuit weather sets in, so we hope to be outside for at least a half an hour.

We’re working hard to keep the germs down at TCNS this year. We’re doing extra disinfecting of the toys each week and are already talking about proper coughing and sneezing etiquette and hand washing. Please help out by keeping your child home when he or she is sick. Children are often tired when recovering from an illness and an extra day to rest can be very beneficial.

Fundraising:

Bulb orders are due Friday, October 2! This is an easy fundraiser for us and everyone loves having flowers in spring!

We still have a couple of months before the holidays, but I’ll be putting up a preliminary list for the Fun with Santa silent auction. Last year parents reported that many businesses had trouble giving donations late in the year, so start early! We need every family to help get 2 donations!

We’re also planning to do the shopping day again in early November.  At this fundraiser, we invite vendors to ‘rent’ a table in the chapel and we provide childcare downstairs while people can get an early start on holiday shopping. Last year we made almost $300 for our scholarship fund. If you know anyone who might be interested in participating, please let me know.

Remember, there will be no school for planning on Friday October 9th and Monday October 12th for Labor Day. Thanks for the wonderful turn-out at the September parent meeting. It’s nice to hear input from everyone and share ideas. The next parent meeting will be October 19th from 6:30-7:30.

October is a long month and there are a number of days when we’ll have a single parent helper in the TTh class. Please consider helping out a little extra by coming back early (11:30) to help with clean-up. I will put up reminders on those days for people willing to help out. It’s a great opportunity to talk get to know another parent. Thanks!

This month we will be introducing the children to different classroom helper responsibilities. They will be asked to help us update the calendar, describe the weather, pick songs for circle time, among others. We will rotate the different responsibilities among students so everyone will get a chance to do each job.

October Activities:

We have a busy month ahead of us. We’re going to start talking about colors and are inviting each child to bring something in for our basket which can be shared at circle time. We’ll start off the month by reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. This is a beautiful book using fall leaves to highlight Ehlert’s unique artwork. We’ll make our own leaf creatures and work on a collage of a fall tree and a class poem about fall. We hope to hike to the falls on Wednesday, October 7th. TTh students are welcome to join us with their parents, as well as any other siblings and parents. Our next book will be Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall. We’ll have a lot of fun with apples. We’ll do taste-testing and vote on our favorite apple food. We’ll also make our own applesauce, do apple prints, and cut and glue and apple. We’ll move to pumpkins the next week and read another Zoe Hall, It’s Pumpkin Time. We’ll bake pumpkin muffins and do seed mosaics, and a pumpkin collage. Our last book of October will be What a Scare Jesse Bear by Nancy Carlstrom. This week we’ll make our own mask and paper jack-o-lantern. We’ll also do our Halloween parade to Juniper Manor on Friday, October 30th. Please wear your costume to school that day.

 

Playdough:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 Tbs oil

1 cup water

Food coloring


Add food coloring to water. Mix dry ingredients together. Add water & oil and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat when slightly sticky and knead until smooth.

September 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

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